Microsoft Shutting Down Cortana App for iOS and Android

Joanna Estrada
August 1, 2020

The Seattle-based tech company first withdrew the Cortana for iOS app from a number of regions early in 2020. now, it is announcing plans to shut down the iOS and Android versions of the apps entirely. Instead of competing with Google Assistant and Alexa, Microsoft said that it is positioning Cortana as a personal productivity assistant.

Microsoft points people toward other features that Cortana has on different platforms. In early 2021, Microsoft will stop supporting the Cortana apps on iOS and Android.

Microsoft has collaborated with Harman Kardon to convert existing Invoke speakers into Bluetooth-enabled devices via a firmware update coming in early 2021. "You can now manage your calendar and email, join meetings, and do so much more via our new productivity-focused experiences, like the Cortana Windows 10 experience, Cortana integration in Outlook mobile, and soon Cortana voice assistance in the Teams mobile app", Microsoft notes.

Microsoft's plan for Invoke speakers is likely to cause the most resentment. This will arrive via a firmware update within six months of its release; once the Invoke is updated, Cortana will no longer be accessible on the device.

Microsoft is also giving $50 gift card per active Invoke to the owner of the latest USA -based Microsoft account used to set up an Invoke speaker that sent a voice request to the Cortana service after July 31, 2019, and prior to this announcement. Going forward, all versions of the Surface Headphones and the Surface Earbuds will be able to use Cortana through the integration with Outlook Mobile. First-generation Surface Headphones owners can get a $25 gift card.

"We've spent a lot of time thinking through this transition and understand that these changes may be disruptive to some of our customers".

A Microsoft support document reveals that the firm will end support for Cortana on mobile, the Invoke smart speaker, and Surface Headphones.

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